Manhunter

Manhunter (1986)

Genres - Crime, Horror, Mystery-Suspense, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Neo-Noir, Psychological Thriller Film, Serial Killer  |   Release Date - Aug 15, 1986  |   Run Time - 122 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Manhunter is a 1986 American crime horror film based on the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Written and directed by Michael Mann, it stars William Petersen as FBI profiler Will Graham. Also featured are Tom Noonan as serial killer Francis Dollarhyde, Dennis Farina as Graham's FBI superior Jack Crawford, and Brian Cox as incarcerated killer Hannibal Lecktor. The film focuses on Graham coming out of retirement to lend his talents to an investigation on Dollarhyde, a killer known as "The Tooth Fairy." In doing so, he must confront the demons of his past and meet with Lecktor, who nearly counted Graham amongst his victims.

Manhunter focuses on the forensic work carried out by the FBI to track down killers and shows the long-term effects that cases like this have on profilers such as Graham, highlighting the similarities between him and his quarry. The film features heavily stylized use of color to convey this sense of duality, and the nature of the characters' similarity has been explored in academic readings of the film. It was the first film adaptation of Harris' Hannibal Lecter novels, as well as the first adaptation of Red Dragon, which later became the basis for a film of the same name in 2002.

Opening to mixed reviews, Manhunter fared poorly at the box office at the time of its release, making only $8.6 million in the United States. However, it has been reappraised in more recent reviews and now enjoys a more favorable reception, as both the acting and the stylized visuals have been appreciated better in later years. Its resurgent popularity, which may be due to later adaptations of Harris' books and Petersen's success in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, has seen it labelled as a cult film.

Movie Info

Budget

$15,000,000

Box Office

$8,622,412

Themes

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1980s, Anthony Hopkins, Crime Scene, Cult, Fbi, Fbi Profiler, Film Based On A Novel, Hannibal, Hannibal Lecter, Independent, Independent Film, Investigation, Journalist, Justice, Literary, Mind-Bending/Experimental, Neo-noir, Psychopath, Serial Killer, Videotape, Violent, Will Graham

Attributes

Based On: Red Dragon
Filming Location: Chicago, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina
Narrative Location: Alabama, St. Louis, Washington, D.C.
Subject: serial killer

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Alternate Titles

1987大懸案
TW
Az embervadász
HU
Blutmond
AT, DE
Blutmond - Roter Drache
DE
Caçada ao Amanhecer
PT
Caçador de Assassinos
BR
Cacería humana
MX
Cazador de hombres
AR, MX
Cervený drak
CZ
Czerwony smok
PL
Dragão Vermelho
BR
El sabueso
MX
Hunter
ES
İnsan Avcısı
TR
Keiji Gurahamu Kôri tsuita Yokubô
JP
Le sixième sens
FR
Lovac na ljude
HR
Lovec lidí
CZ
Lovec ľudí
SK
Manhunter
AU, CA, DK, EC, EG, FR, IN, IL, KR, NL, PH, SG, ZA, TH, AE, GB, US
Manhunter - Caçador de Assassinos
BR
Manhunter - Frammenti di un omicidio
IT
Manhunter - Roter Drache
DE
Manhunter: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter
US
O anthropokynigos
GR
Psykopaatin jäljillä
FI
Psykopaten
NO
Red Dragon
US
Red Dragon/Rekutâ Hakase no Chinmoku
JP
Red Dragon: The Curse of Hannibal Lecter
US
Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter
FI
Röda draken
SE
Roter Drache
DE
Sabueso
MX
Tuzak
TR
Žmoniu medžiotojas
LT
Łowca
PL
Ο ανθρωποκυνηγός
GR
Ловац на људе
RS
Мисливець на людей
UA
Охотник на людей
RU
Преследвачът
BG
मैनहंटर
IN
刑事グラハム 凍りついた欲望
JP